Judith Vanistendael (1974) is an award-winning Belgian cartoonist and illustrator.

She studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, then obtained a degree in art at the University of Ghent (Belgium) and followed a postgraduate course in Seville (Spain). She studied comic strip at the Sint-Lukas college in Brussels. In 2007 her first comic book appeared, 'The Virgin and the Negro'. It was a great success and was well received internationally. The second volume appeared in De Standaard in 2009. In 2012 "When David lost his voice" appeared, the story about a man with terminal cancer. With this book Vanistendael was nominated for three Eisner Awards, the oscars in the comic world. In 2016 she published "Mikel", a graphic novel about a candy vendor who becomes a bodyguard in the Basque Country. The book also appeared in French and Spanish. 


Judith Vanistendael
Illustrations, comics

Supported projects

Lesbos: Three graphic reports made on the island.

  • Armed conflict
  • Migration
  • Politics

In October 2017 cartoonists Judith Vanistendael, Aimée de Jongh and Mei-Li Nieuwland visited the refugee camps of Moria and Kara Tepe on Lesvos.